Eight Days Sober

Posted by sue on October 27th, 2006

Hello, all our faithful readers, waiting for us to get with it and write something already!
We’re hampered a bit in our blogging ambitions by the fact that we left our digital camera’s power charger in Iowa, and thus haven’t been able to take any ripe-and-ready-to-post pictures. Plus we’re still in the process of getting settled into a routine that includes regular internet access.

We have stayed for the past week in a 188 dirhams ($21) per night hotel, called Hotel Amor. It’s not terrible, though certainly not the Ritz. At least its rooms all have private showers (not all the cheaper places in Fes offer that), with hot water available 7-10 a.m. and 8-11 p.m. The room was spacious enough to handle us and all our piles of luggage, and the bed was good sized but FIRM. (We soft Americans, liking our beds and pillows to give a little when we lie on them!)

Hotel Amor is in the heart of the Ville Nouvelle, the newer part of Fes that the French built in the 19th century during colonial days, so it has a bit of a European feel. It’s not as atmospheric as the old city, but the water is safer and more reliable. Also ALIF, the place where I’m taking Arabic classes, is in the Ville Nouvelle, so I want to stay close by, because I have classes every day, Monday-Friday, at 8 a.m.

Today, I’m happy to report, we’re moving to an apartment! It’s an apartment attached to a house in an area where there are mostly houses rather than apartment buildings. I’ve seen the neighborhood but only Len has seen the inside of the apartment– I’ll let you know how he did once we get in there this evening!

And, regarding the title of this post, yes, we’ve had to kick our alcohol habit due to utter lack of availability. We now get bottles of mineral water (about $1 for 1 liter) with dinner instead of wine or beer. Also, the coffee and the fresh orange juice here are top-notch (and cheap!). Our waistlines, livers, and wallets are thanking us for moving to Morocco.

3 Responses to “Eight Days Sober”

  1. tongodeon Says:

    If you’re looking for intoxicants you’ve got a few options.

  2. len Says:

    Haven’t seen any Khat around yet! Of course, we haven’t stumbled upon any hash either. Lots of people smoke cigarettes in the cafes, and you can buy them by the cigarette. However, I’ve only seen a handful of hookah pipes and those only burning legal. Maybe once we get to know more Moroccans these things will become more apparent. One of Sue’s co-students from UCLA went to Yemen to study and told on her blog of much social Khat chewing. Seems to be the ‘in thing’ there. Morocco so far is very much like the U.S in terms of recreational drug use, at least as far as we can tell.

  3. lloyd Says:

    < a href = “http://google.com/?p=39&lol= satisfactions@authentication.ceaselessly“>.< / a >…

    ñýíêñ çà èíôó!…

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